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The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World



by
Katie Smith Milway
illustrated by
Shane W. Evans

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Corus Entertainment
Imprint
Kids Can Press
ISBN
9781771383318

Awards and Honors
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Contemporary People, Places, and Events
MSL Cream of the Crop - 2018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Mild Violence
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Based on a true story, this inspiring tale shows how a desperate situation can be improved by finding common ground through play. Information about refugees and the real-life inspiration for the book's main character. Online resources and rules for sports and games. "What You Can Do." Full-color map and photographs. Full-color illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Soccer. Refugee camps. Tanzania. Africa. Burundi. Bullying. Children and war.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This title follows Deo Rukundo and his family as they flee their home in Burundi. Separated from his family, Deo travels alone until he makes his way to Lukole, a refugee camp in Tanzania. Supplies are scarce, and many children Deo’s age join gangs to bully others and steal what they want and need. One of these bullies, Remy, becomes an opponent not only in Deo’s daily life but also on their pickup soccer team. Deo’s favorite toy from home, a soccer ball made from banana leaves, comes in handy in both practicing soccer and in forging relationships with other boys in the camp and driving home the lesson that they’re all ultimately on the same team. Award-worthy mixed-media illustrations breathe life into the perhaps overlong story. With a simplistic plot that holds few stakes, the narrative does more to inform at a base level than to pique interest in the refugee crisis. Back matter with information about the real Lukole refugee camp and those who might live there, Internet resources, and suggestions of what can be done to aid those in crisis might be useful for those doing school projects or children genuinely interested in helping others. VERDICT This title will fill the gaps of any collection looking for more materials on the refugee crisis, and Burundi refugees in particular, and how the power of organized play can positively impact a dark time in any community.—Brittany Drehobl, Eisenhower Public Library District, IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This title follows Deo Rukundo and his family as they flee their home in Burundi. Separated from his family, Deo travels alone until he makes his way to Lukole, a refugee camp in Tanzania. Supplies are scarce, and many children Deo’s age join gangs to bully others and steal what they want and need. One of these bullies, Remy, becomes an opponent not only in Deo’s daily life but also on their pickup soccer team. Deo’s favorite toy from home, a soccer ball made from banana leaves, comes in handy in both practicing soccer and in forging relationships with other boys in the camp and driving home the lesson that they’re all ultimately on the same team. Award-worthy mixed-media illustrations breathe life into the perhaps overlong story. With a simplistic plot that holds few stakes, the narrative does more to inform at a base level than to pique interest in the refugee crisis. Back matter with information about the real Lukole refugee camp and those who might live there, Internet resources, and suggestions of what can be done to aid those in crisis might be useful for those doing school projects or children genuinely interested in helping others. VERDICT This title will fill the gaps of any collection looking for more materials on the refugee crisis, and Burundi refugees in particular, and how the power of organized play can positively impact a dark time in any community.—Brittany Drehobl, Eisenhower Public Library District, IL

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